Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson has issued a warning to England ahead of the Ashes, stating that he is back to full face once again.
Johnson admitted that his speed dropped during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Australia’s recent tour of the West Indies. However, the 33-year-old feels that he is back to his best and added that he is thriving in English conditions.
“I felt like I had dropped a little pace throughout the West Indies [tour] and in the IPL,” he told Sky Sports. “It wasn’t too much of a concern for me.
“I was really excited about getting over here and playing in these conditions. I know the ball swings here in overcast conditions. It was nice to get out there and let a few rip.”
Johnson claimed 37 wickets at an astounding average of 13.97 when Australia whitewashed England 5-0 in the last Ashes series in 2013-14. But, he acknowledged that England will be eager to regain the coveted urn and avenge their embarrassing performance.
“It’s been a little while, England have some few fresh faces,” he said. “Some of their players playing pretty well and it’s been a long time since we played them.
“It’s nice to have that mental edge but once that first ball bowled it’s a new game.”